Today, Cynthia Racette is stopping through to talk about her book Windswept.
Windswept is a romantic novel of redemption and family values and fighting for what is important. Sailing Windswept has always been a family affair and many of Caroline and David Hartford’s fondest memories have taken place on Chesapeake Bay sailing in all kinds of conditions and exploring the bay.
When husband David is unfaithful and commits the ultimate betrayal by bringing his mistress aboard Windswept, Caroline’s world is shattered. He leaves her and she is forced to rely solely on herself for the first time in her life. She has to be a single parent to her daughter, Lily, and to decide if she can forgive David for tearing her family apart.
As David and Caroline work to put their marriage back together, events and other people conspire against them, over and over. Their relationship begins to heal, but the couple is caught in a horrific storm and waterspout on the bay, heading straight for Windswept. They want a chance to love again but Mother Nature might have other ideas.
The Demise of the Standing Ovation
Writers are often staunch supporters of the local entertainment scene. They go to art openings at the local art museums, they can be found at music concerts, and their children take ballet or piano lessons. Artistic types are artistic everywhere, not just in front of the typewriter.
It used to be that a nice performance of the philharmonic or a traveling performance of a show got a rousing round of applause. A superb, outstanding performance got a standing ovation and prolonged applause. Nowadays, though, almost any performance gets you a standing "O." What gives?
Is it that our performers of all types are suddenly so much better than their predecessors, more adept at the piano, more brilliant at painting? No, I don't think so. What has happened is that our culture, the one that decided children should all pass every test and grade, that we shouldn't hurt people's feelings by judging them, but should be "politically correct" to all so that none are offended, has created its own Frankenstein.
We have managed to dumb down the standing ovation for fear that a performer think he has not done a good enoughjob, which he may not have, in fact. He can be excellent and should be, because it is, after all his job, but must he each and every time be superlative? Really, when was the last time your boss stood up from the conference table after a meeting and gave you, or anyone, a standing ovation?
The result of all this is that we've managed to dumb down the standing "O," so that it no longer means what it used to mean, that a performer has performed above and beyond his peers and deserves adulation above that given to the average performer.
When revising my last book, my editor told me I used too many exclamation points, thereby dumbing them down so that the really important times its needed, it doesn't have enough impact. It's' the same thing that has happened to the standing ovation—it's lost its impact so when it's really warranted to give one, most people don't even bother to stand because it's a common occasion. Political correctness has caused the same thing to happen to many things in our culture. And that's sad. What are some things you think have lost impact in the same manner?
About Your Author
Cynthia has been writing all her life, as a newspaper reporter, editor and novelist. She even asked for (and received) a play typewriter for Christmas when she was about ten.
To be near her children and granddaughters, she and her newly retired hubby, moved to the Buffalo, NY area. Through her daughter, who is also a writer, she got hooked up with RWA (Romance Writers of America) and good things started to happen.
She is now writing more novels, taking lots of trips and relaxing by the pool on gorgeous summer days in Western, NY.
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